Italy

  • 1979 Honda CB500 by Anvil

    1979 Honda CB500 by Anvil

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Anvil Motociclette is the kind of shop that is catching the attention of younger riders in mainland Europe. Their designs are raw and uncompromising, and guaranteed to stop the traffic. This 1979 Honda CB500 custom is typical: It’s low and rakish, stripped to the basics… Read more »

  • Vintage style: the Black Douglas

    Vintage style: the Black Douglas

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles

    Take the A51 autostrada out of Milan, and half an hour later you’ll arrive in the small town of Brugarolo. It’s home to one of Italy’s more unusual bike manufacturers, the Black Douglas Motorcycle Company. Black Douglas makes vintage-style motorcycles with a distinctly English appearance,… Read more »

  • Moto Guzzi V65 by El Solitario

    Moto Guzzi V65 by El Solitario

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    For a pursuit that is all about freedom and individuality, the world of custom motorcycles can be a strangely serious business. Are those tires good enough? It’s a hardtail, it can’t possibly handle. What, only 50 bhp pulling 200 kilos? Like audiophiles who’ve become so… Read more »

  • Ducati Sport1000s custom

    Ducati Sport1000s custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The Ducati SportClassic was a bike ahead of its time. Three years ago, poor sales triggered the end of a short five-year production run. But today, it’s one of the most sought-after machines for retro bike fans, and a popular platform for customization. Ergonomics be… Read more »

  • Moto Guzzis by Revival Cycles

    Moto Guzzis by Revival Cycles

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Texas-based Revival Cycles are on a roll at the moment, with a brace of custom Moto Guzzis heading to The One Moto Show in Austin. Both bikes have been heavily modified; as Revival’s Alan Stulberg says, they “began as very different machines and sort of… Read more »

  • Officine RossoPuro Moto Guzzi

    Officine RossoPuro Moto Guzzi

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    If you’re a regular reader, you’ll know that Filippo Barbacane is one of Italy’s leading craftsmen, specializing in classy Moto Guzzi customs. The builds coming out of his Officine RossoPuro workshop are refined, elegant and desirable, and I’d be happy to put one next to… Read more »

  • Moto Guzzi Le Mans cafe racer

    Moto Guzzi Le Mans cafe racer

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    A new build from Kaffeemaschine is always worth looking out for. Hamburg-based Axel Budde designs some of the world’s best custom Moto Guzzis, and his eighth creation doesn’t disappoint. The bike was built for Guillaume Bureau, who lives in Switzerland. “He wanted a pure cafe… Read more »

  • Ducati 860SS replica

    Ducati 860SS replica

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,,

    One of the strangest episodes in Ducati racing history took place in Australia in 1975. At the time, production racing Down Under was dominated by Kawasaki Z1s. So Ducati’s Australian importer created an ‘860SS,’ a machine custom-built to win at Bathurst, Australia’s most famous racetrack.… Read more »

  • Moto Guzzi V50 by Rno Cycles

    Moto Guzzi V50 by Rno Cycles

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Think of a custom Moto Guzzi, and it’s invariably built in the ‘classic’ style: Timeless café racer lines, muted colors and bare metal. I’m a fan of that look, but it’s also refreshing to see someone take a completely different approach—and pull it off spectacularly.… Read more »

  • Gilera Milano Taranto

    Gilera Milano Taranto

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    Before and after WWII, Italy was a haven for street racing. One of those races was the Milano Taranto, reportedly the longest of all the street races and with the added danger of nighttime running. The only entry requirement was a driver’s license and a… Read more »

  • Suzuki DR650 by Extemporae

    Suzuki DR650 by Extemporae

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    One of the fastest-growing custom workshops in Italy is Extemporae, based in the Varese region that’s also home to MV Agusta and Husqvarna. The company’s first two builds, a Yamaha TT600 and a XT550, were published in the influential Italian magazine Riders in 2011—and from… Read more »

  • Santiago Chopper ‘Bucati’

    Santiago Chopper ‘Bucati’

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Alain Bernard is one of the most unpredictable builders in the US: You can never guess what he’ll come up with next. The bread-and-butter of Santiago Chopper’s business is trike conversions, but Bernard also turns out traffic-stopping customs on a regular basis. This is his… Read more »

  • Hammarhead x Moto Guzzi V7

    Hammarhead x Moto Guzzi V7

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    James Hammarhead needs no introduction here. One of the USA’s most thoughtful bike builders, he’s the creator of the Jack Pine—one of the most sought-after and usable custom bikes of recent years. This custom Moto Guzzi V7, nicknamed ‘Wayward,’ is Hammarhead’s latest creation: A one-off… Read more »

  • Ducati Paul Smart by Revival

    Ducati Paul Smart by Revival

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The Ducati Paul Smart is one of the all-time greats—a high performance machine with equal appeal to fans of both modern and vintage machinery. But it’s not quite perfect … so Texas-based Revival Cycles leapt at the opportunity to thoroughly upgrade this 2006 model. “We… Read more »

  • Ducati Sport 1000 Jubiläumsbike

    Ducati Sport 1000 Jubiläumsbike

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    If you live in mainland Europe and ride a motorcycle, you’ve probably bought parts or accessories from a company called Louis. The Hamburg-based company is Europe’s largest moto retailer, and it’s just celebrated its 75th anniversary. To mark the occasion, Louis commissioned Marcus Walz to… Read more »

  • Walt Siegl Leggero Series Ducati

    Walt Siegl Leggero Series Ducati

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The market for high-end, bespoke custom motorcycles is tiny. To move beyond bolt-on parts takes hours of craftsmanship, and true artisans don’t come cheap. Walt Siegl is one of those rare craftsmen, and he’s also keenly aware of the dilemma: His bikes, lusted after by… Read more »

  • Maria Ducati 750SS

    Maria Ducati 750SS

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Portugal, crippled by the GFC, is not a good place to conduct business at the moment. But nobody told the Lisbon-based custom workshop Maria Motorcycles, which is turning out some very sharp bikes indeed. Like this latest build, a 1994 Ducati 750SS called “Italian Sniper”.… Read more »

  • Kaffeemaschine Le Mans Mk III

    Kaffeemaschine Le Mans Mk III

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Every few months, a freshly-customized Moto Guzzi rolls out of Axel Budde’s Hamburg workshop. And you know what to expect: it will be stripped back, elegant, immaculately finished and powerful. Axel has hit a groove, and it’s a wonderful one. This Le Mans, his seventh… Read more »

  • Ducati S4R custom

    Ducati S4R custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    Italian automotive designer Paolo Tesio has reworked Ducati’s iconic Monster into an even more desirable machine, transforming its looks with remarkably few modifications. This custom is based on a Ducati S4R, which was sold between 2003 and 2008 in most markets. It was the top… Read more »

  • Moto Guzzi Le Mans resto-mod

    Moto Guzzi Le Mans resto-mod

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    Equestrians have a term for the ideal proportions of a horse: conformation. The conformation of a draft horse is obviously different to that of a Kentucky Derby winner, but there is an ideal for both. And so it is with motorcycles. It’s what we all… Read more »

  • Radical Ducati 7½ Sportiva

    Radical Ducati 7½ Sportiva

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Fully-faired sportbikes don’t really get my motor running, no matter how exotic. But if I had to put an Italian stallion in my garage, it’d be one of Ducati’s mid-displacement models. So I like the way Radical Ducati are thinking. Their latest build, the 7½… Read more »

  • Ducati TT3 Difazio 900 SS

    Ducati TT3 Difazio 900 SS

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    With literally hundreds of machines dropping into my inbox every week, it takes something truly special to stop me in my tracks. This is one such machine, a remarkable Ducati 900 SS modified beyond recognition—and with great skill. The builder, Bernard Mont, calls the bike… Read more »

  • Revival Cycles Moto Guzzi

    Revival Cycles Moto Guzzi

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    When Alan Stulberg of Texas-based Revival Cycles bought this 1978 Moto Guzzi Le Mans Mark I, it was an unfinished restoration project. “The owner literally kissed it and bid it farewell when I handed him the cash,” says Stulberg. “It was sort of emotional …”… Read more »

  • Custom Ducati 1098

    Custom Ducati 1098

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    How do you improve on perfection? Most custom motorcycles address the shortcomings of a stock bike—be they aesthetic, propulsive or dynamic. But the Ducati 1098 scores pretty highly in all those departments. This custom ‘café fighter’ is owned by Alonzo Bodden, who used the original… Read more »

  • Officine RossoPuro ‘Big Red’

    Officine RossoPuro ‘Big Red’

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    I’m surprised we don’t see more Buell X1-powered customs. The motor has a lot in common with the Sportster 1200 V-twin but pushes out around 95 hp, mostly due to Erik Buell’s high performance ‘Thunderstorm’ heads. Filippo Barbacane of Officine RossoPuro is a fan, though.… Read more »

  • Moto Guzzi V1100 custom

    Moto Guzzi V1100 custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    When I think of a Moto Guzzi custom, I think of a Le Mans. It’s one of the all-time great custom platforms, along with the Honda CB750, Triumph Bonneville, Yamaha SR series and Kawasaki W650. This classic-looking Guzzi cafe racer, however, is based on a… Read more »

  • Spirit Of The Seventies Ducati

    Spirit Of The Seventies Ducati

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    A stern test for established custom builders is how they handle the ‘budget’ job. Can they capture the flavor of the mega-buck builds at half the cost? The English workshop Spirit of The Seventies has just taken this test, and passed with flying colors. Tim… Read more »